Sunday, 4 December 2022

I've Been Busy

 Thank you so much for all the lovely comments about my kitchen and bathroom, I have to say I am loving them both I can't quite believe the transformation I keep stroking my kitchen cupboards and opening the doors and then watching them close all by themselves, I gaze down at my new flooring and give a sigh of contentment.  As for the new shower in my bathroom it's causing problems I'm afraid because once I get under it I really don't want to get out and energy prices being what they are that is not a good thing haha.

Once the mess was cleared and thing's settled down I had to get over the 70th birthday, thank you for all your birthday wishes馃槝馃槝 I did have lovely day and week, I was quite spoilt it has to be said and got some lovely gifts....

This is one of the gifts my lovely daughter got me to use for my embroidery and it has been used many times already, it makes it much easier having two hands free.


My eldest son and DIL gifted those lovely flowers still looking fresh after two weeks and the terracotta rug you can see on the floor, I have to be very careful what I say around my kids, I did mention that I needed a new rug for the conservatory and so they got me one haha.  

I was complaining to my youngest son about not being able to find a NHS dentist and on the morning of my birthday he said I have put a bit of something in your bank account Mother so you can go and get some private dental work done 馃槻 I really couldn't believe it, as a consequence I have a dental appointment tomorrow and at last I can get some much needed treatment, it's over three years since I was able to visit a dentist.  I am very lucky I know there are so many who can't afford private dental care and are in agony because of dental problems. 


My brother has MS but was able to make this lovely barrow for me it has pride of place outside my front door

I could go on I got some fabulous gifts from family and friends alike and I would like to thank them all for their generosity. 

So What am I up to? 

 I am still working away at the Festive Forrest CAL although I 'm way behind and the CAL is finished already. I wasn't able to keep up because of the disheaval in the house and we don't have much natural light at this time of year so I find it difficult to see to sew the tiny details. I aim to finish it in time for Christmas, fingers crossed that I'll succeed.


Now while I was wading through my cluttered home a new CAL was being released and I was dying to take part, it was impossible at that time and so just as soon as I was able I bought the yarn and I started to make the Whoopa cardigan, by then the CAL was finished and I was able to see all the lovely Whoopa's that had been made.  

The Whoopa CAL was a ten day CAL hosted by Tinna Th贸rud贸ttir Thorvaldsd贸ttir. Tinna has a video tutorial for each day which made it super simple and very quick it took me ten days and look.....



She has introduced us to slouchy blocking which gives the cardigan a lovely drape. I think mine grew five inches after blocking.

I love this stitch it looks like knitted rib, I have used it before as you can see here

I used James Brett Masquerade Chunky and it only took six 100 gram balls to make it I have a feeling that I will be making more.

Another thing I have finished is this


This was an experiment for me, I used Rico Essentials Crochet Cotton which is a 2ply. I Lined the back to enclose the ends and it's the perfect size for a pot holder. I tried this because I'm toying with the idea of making one of the mosaic blanket patterns into a wall hanging, it would be far too large and bulky if I used anything other than the 2ply which I have used here. Cotton yarn doesn't have that much give and you have to be more careful to ensure that your stitches are neat and even but it hasn't put me off so watch this space.

You can find the pattern for this cute penguin here

At the moment I am working on this can you guess what the picture is going to be...


and this is the start of a simple sweater for me..

Time will tell if it ever gets completed.

I hope that you are all well and enjoying your Christmas preparations, I have have done nothing so far and am still looking for some small gifts to hook up for my friends, talk about leaving things to tha last minute.  I have come across these cute decorations here but I have a feeling that they will be super fiddly, although I do like those teeny sweaters, we shall see.

Have a great Sunday 馃槝馃槝

Linking with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday
Hand Made Monday


Sunday, 20 November 2022

The Work is Done and a Big Birthday

 I know it's been a while but at last I feel that I have emerged from a very long tunnel.  I can now thankfully announce that the bathroom and kitchen renovations are completely finished. Looking back it has only taken four weeks but it seems so much longer.  It was the getting up and getting dressed at 7 30 am that really got to me and having the whole house in disarray, no bathroom and then no kitchen, boiling the kettle in my bedroom and having all of my kitchen contents spread all over the house. 

Then when the last bit of silicone was stuck into place and I waved my builder off for the last time I was left with the aftermath, the painting of the kitchen walls and ceiling, I painted my kitchen ceiling six times and it still looks patchy! I have had enough, I just won't look up and as for the patchy wall I shall cover it with wall art and a beautiful clock.

Then of course the filling of the new kitchen cupboards trying to decide what to keep and what had no place in my new shiny kitchen, trying to rid the whole house of the dust and dirt that had accumulated because of all the banging and drilling.  

Today it's nearly all done I'm down to this room my little bedroom that I use for my office/storage place and I will sort it out next week, I need to make one last trip to the tip, there is a small mountain of stuff lying on the garage floor patiently waiting to be taken to it's final destination, it will be my fifteenth trip to the tip and my poor little car is showing the effects, it will need to be valeted inside and out and given some TLC after all the hard work it has done over the past month. 

Enough talking let me show you my bathroom as it was...


DAY ONE


DAY TWO

I could go on and show each day from then but it would take forever, it's amazing to think it could go from that to this..



THE KITCHEN

I forgot to take a picture of the whole kitchen before the work started but you can get an idea of what it was like here, this was the floor and you can see the colour of the cupboards 


they were dark and the room quite gloomy because there's very little natural light, I needed to brighten it up as I found it quite depressing..

DAY ONE 

When everything was ripped out, the walls were in a state behind the cupboards and apparently there was evidence of little visitors, I had never seen or heard them and it may have been before I even moved in but thankfully the walls are now repaired and all the pipework was changed and this is the completed kitchen...







I had the hall and the cloakroom  floor changed too to match the kitchen and a new vanity in the cloakroom.

There were lots of ups and downs during the whole process but I guess that it's normal when you are getting work done, but as a friend told me it's like delivering a baby, hell when it's happening but once you have that new baby in your arms you forget all about the pain. I haven't quite forgot it but now I can put it behind me and enjoy the results.

All of this work was a birthday present to myself it's a big one 70 years old today so I figured I deserved it馃槀 I can't believe I'm 70 where have the years gone.  I have had visits from friends leaving lovely gifts this morning and I'm going out for a meal later today, in fact the celebrations will be continuing into next week so it's all good.

I hope you all have a lovely Sunday and I'll be back soon to show you what I've been up to craft wise. 馃槝馃槝



Friday, 4 November 2022

Even More Christmas Mosaic

 As Mosaic Crochet becomes more and more popular our talented designers are creating the most amazing designs and as Christmas draws closer they are tempting us almost daily with a new festive pattern release.

Here are those I have come across so far this year, I will add to them as more become available, if any of you find any that I have missed please send me the link...

Starting off with a free pattern from Yarnspirations...

Evergreen Mosaic Blanket

This is Inset Mosaic and you can find the free pattern here

Winter Night by Ga毛lle Urbanet
Paid pattern here

Heart and Hoops by Tinna Th贸rud贸ttir Thorvaldsd贸ttir
Paid pattern is here

Frosty Friend by Marissa Tetmyer
Paid pattern is here

Lovely Wintertime and Advent Calendar Below


The designer is  Susanne Toth and she has a 50% discount on all of her patterns at the moment to celebrate SUTO Crochet Design's one year anniversary 

Her Ravelry Store is here
Facebook page here 
Ho Ho Ho by Rosina Plane
Ravelry Store here

Magda Christmas table Ga毛lle Urbanet
Paid pattern here


In the Spirit of... by Anke Wintermans

Santa's Visit 
by Marissa Tetmyer
Paid pattern here

Snowscape by Abi McIntyre
Paid pattern here



Wintery Forest by Ana Morais Soares
This is a six week CAL and it begins on the 10th November there will be a discount throughout the length of the CAL
Details here

by  Lucille Schubert


Click below for more great Christmas Patterns.....






Sunday, 16 October 2022

Jennies Throw

 I did it thank goodness got it finished in just the nick of time, it's her birthday today so I'm going to pop along to her home later today and drop it off. I put the last stitches into the double border yesterday evening, so it was touch and go whether or not I would finish it in time. I do hope that she will like it.



This size of this blanket measures 120cm 90cms the perfect size to snuggle under on a cold winters evening.

I've combined two of Rosina Plane patterns Letitia's Garden and Flora's Fauna and it's taken me just over two weeks to finish it.  The blanket consists of two types of  mosaic, overlay and inset, once they are crocheted you can't really tell the difference on the front of the blanket but you can on the back.

I much prefer the overlay type of mosaic, I find it much easier and I prefer the look of the back of the blanket too. The inset is fine if the design in small and repetitive but it's more challenging when the design becomes larger and more complicated. 

Sewing

On the sewing front Part three of Festive Forrest is done, the Christmas trees. 


I'm still enjoying this but I did feel a bit pressured last week  because I really needed to finish Jennies throw, now that is done I can relax into this and the Stitch a leaf a day below. Part four is the critters and that will finish off the panel.

Stitch A leaf A Day This October

I am finding this more challenging than I though I would, I have tried several stitches but trying to get them to look ok inside a tiny leaf is more difficult than I thought this is where I am now....


  1. Leaf Stitch
  2. Lazy Daisy
  3. Fishbone
  4. Fly Stitch
  5. Closed Cretan Stitch
  6. Trellis Stitch
  7. Button Hole stitch
  8. Rhodes Stitch
  9. Chain Stitch
  10. Herringbone Stitch
  11. Net Stitch
  12. Satin Stitch
  13. Vandyke Stitch
  14. Running Split Stitch
I'm a couple of days behind and I'm going to enjoy sewing those today, type of stitches yet to be decided.

I'm pleased to report that my bathroom is almost done there's just a few little finishing touches left to do, I will be putting up a post just about that soon, more for myself really to look back on. I have tried my new bath and shower and it was heavenly, you don't realise how much the little things like taking a shower or a bath mean to you until they are taken away, two weeks of washing at the kitchen sink and sticking my head under the tap to wash my hair was no fun I can tell you haha.

My kitchen is arriving next Wednesday and I'm hoping that it will be quicker and less intrusive than the bathroom makeover has been but I have a feeling that that's just wishful thinking.

Today I'm going to start the process of clearing out kitchen cupboards, where I'm going to put the stuff I haven't quite decided 馃 Lots of things to think about today.

What will you be up too whatever it is I hope that you all have a great Sunday 馃槉

Linking with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday

Click here to see the great parties I will be linking to.

Sunday, 9 October 2022

Getting Into the Flow Of Things

 I have just had a count up and it appears that I have I have five things on the go at the moment.  I have discovered my best strategy is to keep doing a little work on everything each day if I possibly can then everything will finish in the end. It's not always easy because if you are like me there is the initial excitement about starting a project but all too often that excitement fades as a another new project steps into the limelight.

There's too much distraction out there too much inspiration, but isn't it wonderful to have a passion for crafting, it's that which keeps me going.

Many months ago I started making a little cardigan for NHAP they were asking for bright cheerful cardigans for children of all ages and this is the finished result


I'm not actually sure what age this will fit but at a guess maybe an 8-10 year old.  I found the pattern here 
I found it very difficult to follow in fact most of it was guess work, it certainly wouldn't be easy for a beginner crocheter that's for sure, however I'm pleased that I have a finished item and I think that it fits the brief, I found all the yarn I needed for this in my stash, hopefully some little girl somewhere will enjoy wearing it.

The blanket I'm making for my friend Jennie is coming along, I'm now sure that it will be finished in time for her birthday next Sunday. I'm almost ready to start the border and I'm hoping that I can show you the  finished blanket next week.

The sewing is coming along nicely too here is part two of the  Festive Forrest CAL candy canes and the birds, as I mentioned before I was having difficulties with the owls face well this I'm afraid is the best I can do, I don't think that it's too bad at least it doesn't look scary like it did before.

Part three is out now and it's the  Christmas trees  I have actually finished sewing those and am now trying to choose a colour for the little gifts hanging on the tree.

I have also started sewing Stitch a leaf a day I couldn't resist, we are sewing a leaf a day using a different stitch for each one, it's fun because you can try out stitches that you haven't used before so far these are the stitches I have chosen


  1. Leaf Stitch
  2. Lazy Daisy
  3. Fishbone
  4. Fly Stitch
  5. Closed Cretan Stitch
  6. Trellis Stitch
  7. Button Hole stitch
  8. Rhodes Stitch

I'm really enjoying sewing these leaves, some I have taken from Stitchdoodles and others from youtube, my sewing isn't the neatest but I don't think that will matter once the whole tree is done.

I'm looking forward to sewing another leaf today after I have been to see my little Grandson Mikey he has been poorly with Covid so it's quite a while since I have seen him.

I hope you all have a peaceful slow stitching Sunday馃槉

Linking with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday 



Sunday, 2 October 2022

Progress

 Time seems to fly and at the same time it drags if that makes sense, I suppose it depends on how you look at things, when you are waiting for something to happen then it seems to drag but when you look at the date, October already you think here we are nearly at the end of another year, where has it gone?

Things have moved on a bit since my last post but there is still a lot of stuff up in the air which could take sometime but thank goodness for the things that keep us sane like this...



This is the Festive Forest SAL from Stitchdoodles I had so much fun embroidering this little cabin and I think for the first time ever I managed to complete it in time for part two where we sew the candy canes and the little birds that sit on the top.  The candy canes are done but I'm having a bit of a hard time with the owl, it's not easy for me to embroider small things without them looking a bit of a mess I have already unpicked the owls face once and will have to try again.

After visiting Linda at Crafty Gardener I see yet another SAL has started from Stitchdoodles Stitch a Leaf a Day what fun!  it's a free template too, do I have time to do this too do you think? I'll certainly have a try but I'll have to play catch up it's day two already.

My builder knocked on my door at 7pm the other night and said I'm going to start on your bathroom he gutted it and this is how it looks now..



He said he would come back and continue the next day but he's been nowhere near since so this is the third day it has been left like this, to say I'm angry is an understatement. Why do these builders take on so many jobs at once instead of finishing them one job or even two at a time. 
Let's see what tomorrow brings.馃

I'm linking with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday I love to see what everyone has been up to there's so much inspiration.

Have a great Sunday 馃槉


Tuesday, 20 September 2022

A Finish and a Start

 I thought that it was about time I gave this lovely blanket it's time on the stage.  I finished it a few weeks ago but have not had time to show you until now.  I am talking about Flora's Fauna Blanket of course and here is the lead up..

Week One  - The Ladybirds

Week Two - Snails and Hedgehogs

Week Three - Acorns

Week Four. - Squirrels

Week Five - Leaves

Week Six - The Owls 

Week Seven - The Butterflies

Week Eight - The Border

and here it is in it's full glory ta daaa.....

I embroidered this little message on the back. not the neatest of stitches but readable almost..


I have yet to gift it to Mikey, I'll wait until the weather gets a little cooler, I'm thinking it will be a lovely little throw for him to snuggle under in the evenings while he watches TV.

Stats..

It's Flora's Fauna Mosaic Crochet Blanket which was a CAL run by Rosina Plane.  You can find the pattern here.

I loved making this and I can't wait to get started on the next, the HoHoHo blanket I showed you in my last post is going to have to wait because I have set myself a huge challenge I would like to make a blanket/throw for a lovely lady called Jennie, she's in my u3a and suffered a stroke late last year.  The progress she has made is amazing, it has affected her mobility but she is driving again and does try to attend as many u3a events that she can.

I'm hoping that I can complete this in time for her birthday mid October, if I can't I will gift it to her for Christmas, my progress so far..

Still a long way to go.

Why aren't there more hours in the day because I have found something else that I would love to do and it's The Festive Forrest Stitch A Long it starts tomorrow! and it's hosted by Stitchdoodles, I have bought the pre printed fabric and have all my threads at the ready, I have no idea where I will find the time as work on my bathroom starts next week can you imagine the disruption! 

You can find information about the SAL here

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